Aloe vera has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is a succulent plant that belongs to the lily family. It has been used to traditionally to treat burs, hair loss, acne, skin infections, hemorrhoids, sinusitis, and gastrointestinal pain. It also heals bruises, x-ray burns, and insect bites.
There are more than 300 species of the aloe plant with the Aloe barbadensis exhibiting the most proven medicinal properties. 75 nutrients have been identified in the gel of the aloe plant including vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6, choline, folic acid, alpha-tocopherol, and beta-carotene. It also contains digestive enzymes like amylase to break down starch and sugar, and lipase to help break down fats.
Today, aloe vera has become a home remedy for dry skin, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. Its amazing pharmacological actions include anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral, and antifungal.